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Finnish news (60.67 indoor wDT NR for Kämäräinen)

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:17 pm

About time I started a general Finnish results thread, considering that (sadly) very few of our meets merit threads of their own.

Hanna Grobler (née Mikkonen, now married to Gerbrandt the South African javelinist who for obvious reasons is not going to pull a Kruger and become a Finn...) high jumped 191 today, which may not be earth-shattering on an international scale but is only 1cm off (her own) NR and was a very pleasant surprise after all the injuries she's been through and the first time she reached such heights after '06.

Talking of Kruger, he's having heavy problems even breaking 60 now, mainly due to timing problems. This is hardly surprising since he had timing problems last year already and then used the winter to shake off some fat, thus messing his timing up further... Reportedly the physical abilities are still there but alas I fear he won't be a factor at Berlin.
(I should mention though that I'm not an optimal judge, not having seen him throwing in real life this year. I missed this year's Paavo Nurmi Games since the weather was way too hot for me and the only other event of any note was men's LJ, which Mokoena won with a 814 despite a heavy headwind. Tommi Evilä also finally returned to 8+ club after many disappointing early season meets.)

And talking of javelin guys, the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival (where one guy is normally selected to our major team) is looming. They had the age group competitions yesterday; men U23 was good, with Kankaanpää at 80.23 PB and Etelätalo at 79.70 PB (85.70 guy Ari Mannio was absent). However U18 and younger boys aren't where they should be... In wU20, Sanni Utriainen (daughter of Esa) also PB'd at 53.61.
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Re: Finnish results

Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:39 am

LopenUupunut wrote:And talking of javelin guys, the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival (where one guy is normally selected to our major team) is looming.
Women's edition is finished. Mickle of Australia continued her good form this year with 61.83. Mikaela Ingberg ('95 WC bronze medalist) was second with 61.03, marking her millionth consecutive year at 60+... Will report on men's comp in a couple hours.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:16 am

The stipulation was that the best of those not already selected for Finnish Berlin team (that is, Pitkämäki or Järvenpää) would grab a WC ticket if he broke 84m. Wirkkala did just that with his last throw, equalling (!) his recent PB, having until then been very close at 83.95. He has for some reason always been extremely good at Pihtipudas... Mannio continues to be rock-solid with another three 82+ efforts. He's currently favored for the 4th Berlin spot, though his main aim is the U23 Euro gold. Pitkämäki wasn't very convincing but still won. Järvenpää seems to be slowly returning to form after his winter floorball ankle injury.

1. Tero Pitkämäki 86.47
2. Teemu Wirkkala 84.68 =PB
3. Tero Järvenpää 82.65
4. Ari Mannio 82.47
5. Gerbrandt Grobler RSA 80.01 SB
6. Antti Ruuskanen 79.89 SB
7. Jarkko Koski-Vähälä 78.42 SB
http://www.keihaskarnevaalit.com/index. ... 8&Itemid=2
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Postby LopenUupunut » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:17 am

Wirkkala's spot in the team has been made official. Other new inclusions are, on men's side, Evilä and Kruger (?! - well OK he may be out of shape but given his A standard from last year I can't really see him bumped off) and on women's side Grobler, Ingberg and hammer thrower Merja Korpela.

These were the athletes already in:
LopenUupunut wrote:SC: Jukka Keskisalo (defending Euro Champ and there's a great big empty hole where other contenders for his spot should be so selecting him was a no-brainer)
Mar: Francis Kirwa (2008 was something of a breakthrough year for him)
HT: Olli-Pekka Karjalainen (I really hope he'll get a healthy winter and spring training in this time, with no Tikhon/Devyatovskiy in the picture he'll be a strong medal candidate)
50k: Jarkko Kinnunen and Antti Kempas (it's not as though anyone else wants to do the event)
JT: Tero Pitkämäki (defending champ) and Tero Järvenpää (very nearly OG medalist)

Nothing shocking; the only selection even slightly questionable is that of Järvenpää, but with 4 spots it's highly unlikely he wouldn't make the team anyway.

Quote from November. O-P Karjalainen did reportedly get a healthy winter and spring training but his season opener still wasn't very convincing. Keskisalo seems stronger than ahead of EC '06. Kirwa is unfortunately injured and has been scratched.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:26 am

Lapua Elite Games were today, and wPV was the definite highlight...

1. Minna Nikkanen FIN 445
2. Tatyana Polnova RUS 445
3. Vanessa Vandy FIN 436

...coming in, our NR was 435 by Nikkanen. Both Nikkanen and Vandy should be going to Berlin.

Ari Mannio won men's javelin with 80.54, his worst mark of the year! Then again, all his other efforts were fouls (including a couple sector fouls). 20-year-old Sandra Eriksson PB'd in the steeplechase with 9.47 and change, just reaching the Berlin B standard, Krisztián Pars (HUN) won mHT with 79.53 (ahead of O-P Karjalainen at a national leader of 77.32), and Gloria Asumnu (USA) won w100m in a SB of 11.15 (+0.2).
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Postby Rineanna » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:59 am

LopenUupunut wrote:Lapua Elite Games were today, and wPV was the definite highlight...

1. Minna Nikkanen FIN 445
2. Tatyana Polnova RUS 445
3. Vanessa Vandy FIN 436

...coming in, our NR was 435 by Nikkanen. Both Nikkanen and Vandy should be going to Berlin.


That's good news. If I remember correctly, these two ladies are just out of the Junior age groups, so hopefully they will continue to progress and add a bit of spice to the top end of the vaulting realms.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:59 am

Next comp of the Elite Games series took place at Lappeenranta today. Incredibly, there were actually quite a few international quality athletes present!

Some of the more interesting results:

w100 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.07w (+2.3), 2. Yuliya Nestsiarenka BLR 11.36w
w200 - 1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.98 (-1.1)
m800 - 1. Mohammed al-Salhi KSA 1.45.32
mLJ - 1. Khotso Mokoena RSA 824w (814 legal), 2. Tommi Evilä FIN 801
mHT - 1. Krisztián Pars HUN 80.53
mDT - 1. Aleksander Tammert EST 65.17w, 2. Frantz Kruger FIN 64.17w

mJT:
1. Antti Ruuskanen FIN 80.63
2. Ari Mannio FIN 80.26
3. Harri Haatainen FIN 78.50
4. Sean Furey USA 78.48
5. Esko Mikkola FIN 77.20
6. Andrus Värnik EST 75.90

The first time this year Ruuskanen beat Mannio - notable since one of the two will almost certainly take our 4th Berlin spot, joining Pitkämäki, Järvenpää and Wirkkala. Mannio had his worst meet of the year and appears to have lost his best form. For some reason, Furey usually throws well in Finland...

On the VNLF, Mannio now falls behind Janik.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:20 am

78.64 SB for O-P Karjalainen yesterday :) His performances so far this year had been disappointing but now I'm hopeful again. With Pars no longer as dominating as early season (though he did look good at Lappeenranta) nobody really looks unbeatable in this event.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:11 am

Fourth Elite Games meeting today at Joensuu. Some very good marks, especially in men's javelin which was thrown into a headwind!

mJT:
1. Teemu Wirkkala 87.23 PB
2. Antti Ruuskanen 85.03 SB

Wirkkala is clearly in career peak form, though he "only" backed the big one up with two of his usual 82s. Ruuskanen as usual only got one good throw in (actually, mostly this year he hasn't got even that!) Nevertheless, he moves up all the way to 9th on the Very Nearly Live Formchart:

1. Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) =
2. Tero Pitkämäki (Finland) =
3. Vadims Vasilevskis (Latvia) =
4. Teemu Wirkkala (Finland) =
5. Ainars Kovals (Latvia)=
6. Mark Frank (Germany) =
7. Ari Mannio (Finland) =
8. Igor Janik (Poland) =
9. Antti Ruuskanen (Finland) N
10. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine) -1
11. Guillermo Martínez (Cuba) -1
12. Petr Frydrych (Czech Rep) N

mLJ:
1. Kim Deok-Hyeon KOR 817 (+1.7)
2. Tommi Evilä 800

With his last jump Kim certainly proved his victory (and 841w/820) at the University Games was no fluke. Evilä, sadly, doesn't look as good as in '05, or indeed the healthy parts of any of the years between.

m3000:
1. Jukka Keskisalo 7.49.05 PB
2. Remmy Limo KEN 7.50.78

Another impressive PB for Keskisalo. In the post-race interview he gave the world some really good answers:

Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.

m100:
1. Lerone Clarke JAM 10.25 (-1.3)

m110h:
1. Joel Brown USA 13.60 (-1.5)

w100:
1. Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11.39 (-1.0)
2. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.40

w200:
1. Gloria Asumnu USA 22.88 (-0.5)

wPV:
1. Minna Nikkanen 436

wLJ:
1. Brittney Reese USA 662
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Postby cubop » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:51 pm

Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?.

I remember Viren training in Brazil in 72 prior to the O.G
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Postby rainy.here » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:13 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:
Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.


Ha - that is one clever interviewer.
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Postby mike renfro » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:45 pm

rainy.here wrote:
LopenUupunut wrote:
Q: Your run was good but how did it feel?
A: Quite painful, but that's the sport of running for you.

Q: Your flat PB is now better than that of steeplechase NR holder Tapio Kantanen, what does that tell us?
A: That you shouldn't compare flat times with steeple times.


Ha - that is one clever interviewer.


No, that is one clever interviewee :D
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Postby pela2 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:52 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:Fourth Elite Games meeting today at Joensuu. Some very good marks, especially in men's javelin which was thrown into a headwind!
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http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/joensuu/
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Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:32 pm

cubop wrote:Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?
I don't know all the places he's been training but they include Columbia (where I believe Virén sometimes trained), Portugal (the preferred spring training location of the Finnish national team), and St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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Postby highjumpfan » Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:24 am

Oh for the life of a world class finish Athlete. Training camp in Columbia, Portugal and St. Moritz.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:01 am

Last meet of the Elite Games series today at Lapinlahti. Plenty of good results.

mJT:

1. Tero Pitkämäki 87.79 SB
2. Antti Ruuskanen 81.74
3. Ari Mannio 80.81

Pitkämäki backed the best one up with a 86.92. The battle for our one remaining spot in the Berlin team heats up. Ruuskanen has beaten Mannio in two consecutive comps now. Unless one of them manages to make selectors angry the NC result should decide it.

It's hard to judge the Russians, and Igor Janik has apparently vanished from Earth....?

Anyway, Very Nearly Live Formchart today:
1. Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) =
2. Tero Pitkämäki (Finland) =
3. Vadims Vasilevskis (Latvia) =
4. Teemu Wirkkala (Finland) =
5. Ainars Kovals (Latvia)=
6. Mark Frank (Germany) =
7. Antti Ruuskanen (Finland) +2
8. Ari Mannio (Finland) -1
9. Igor Janik (Poland) -1
10. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukraine) =
11. Sergey Makarov (Russia) N
12. Guillermo Martínez (Cuba) -1

m2000m:

1. Jukka Keskisalo 5.00.32 NR

He continues his great form, though I'm a bit worried he might be overracing... A 56-second last lap brought him home 0.19 inside our old NR (Vesa Siivonen '89). Remmy Limo was 2nd again.

mHT:
1. Krisztián Pars HUN 78.55
2. Yury Shayunou BLR 78.04
3. O-P Karjalainen 76.40

None of the top three impressed. Karjalainen fell backfirst in the circle during his last throw after somehow managing to kick himself in the leg but luckily apparently escaped unhurt.

m110h:
1. Juha Sonck FIN 13.65
A nice big PB for Sonck, who sadly missed the Berlin B standard by a fraction of a second. Not that he'd get anywhere at the WC - this is surely very close to his peak.

m100:
1. Leroy Dixon USA 10.06 (+0.2)
2. Lerone Clarke JAM 10.11

mLJ:
1. Tommi Evilä FIN 795
2. Kim Deok-Hyeon KOR 793

Evilä got his revenge over Kim, but alas the results were weak. Of the two, Kim's still the bigger factor where Berlin is concerned.

w100:
1. Sheri-Ann Brooks JAM 11.17 (+0.2)
2. Gloria Asumnu USA 11.23

This event was interesting for two reasons. Firstly Asumnu, who had a chance to win the whole meet series and €30.000 if she ran 10.98 or faster. No luck there (Pars won - is there really bigger money anywhere for a hammer thrower right now? :shock: She fell to 3rd behind Nikkanen after not winning.) Secondly Brooks, the winner and one of the athletes implicated in the Jamaican positive tests scandal. She denied everything, including knowing what the substance was or what the whole thing was about. No real surprise there.

wPV:
1. Minna Nikkanen 446 NR
2. Vanessa Vandy 430

Another NR, and some okay attempts at 451. Unfortunately this still won't cut it at international level...

w100h:
1. Josanne Lucas TRI 13.02
Yes, that's the 400m hurdler in a second event. Smooth going.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:58 pm

National champs started this morning at Espoo. Nothing very internationally notable today (mJav final's on Sunday of course). Very nearly live results available here: http://live.time4results.com/yu/2009/kalevankisat/
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Postby doug091463 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:03 am

cubop wrote:Keskikalo has surprised me this season.

Did he stay in Finland for his training or did he go to Brazil or some other place for warm weather training?.

I remember Viren training in Brazil in 72 prior to the O.G


it probably has been mentioned, but i did not see any mention on this thread.
keskikalo ran 8:12.93 in the steeple in monaco on tuesday just missing the national record of finland by 3 tenths of a second.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:06 am

doug091463 wrote:it probably has been mentioned, but i did not see any mention on this thread.
keskikalo ran 8:12.93 in the steeple in monaco on tuesday just missing the national record of finland by 3 tenths of a second.
This was commented on in the Monaco steeple thread: http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... hp?t=36754 By the way, the spelling is Keskisalo, with "k"s and "s"s alternating. (You must also avoid confusing him with the female sprinter Sari Keskitalo.)
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Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:15 pm

Not many highlights during the 1st day. The events were weakish, and average weather (cold, rainy) kept marks down even further.

O-P Karjalainen won mHT with 77.76 but still doesn't look like a Berlin medalist. Admittedly, this event looks very weak right now - sub-80 could well medal, even (unlikely) win. mSP was atrocious, with Tuomo Tihinen winning at 18.47. To think that at turn of millennium we had 7 guys over 20 in a year... Tommi Hartonen, NR holder (10.21) in the 100m (but from as far back as '01) staged an impressive comeback, looking great (well, by Finnish standards, apparent 10.3x shape is great) in the heat. (He already looked excellent at Finnish club relay champs early this month.)
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Postby nbonaddio » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:20 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:Not many highlights during the 1st day. The events were weakish, andaAverage weather (cold, rainy) kept marks down even further.

O-P Karjalainen won mHT with 77.76 but still doesn't look like a Berlin medalist. Admittedly, this event looks very weak right now - sub-80 could well medal, even (unlikely) win. mSP was atrocious, with Tuomo Tihinen winning at 18.47. To think that at turn of millennium we had 7 guys over 20 in a year... Tommi Hartonen, NR holder (10.21) in the 100m (but from as far back as '01) staged an impressive comeback, looking great (well, by Finnish standards, apparent 10.3x shape is great) in the heat. (He already looked excellent at Finnish club relay champs early this month.)


That 400m start list looks atrocious. I should move back to Finland tomorrow.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:33 pm

You should have done that long ago. :wink:
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Postby nbonaddio » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:47 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:You should have done that long ago. :wink:


Well obviously I had to fulfill my destiny of being the fifth-fastest guy in DIII before I could go and do any of that! :D

Seriously though, I'd be lying if I didn't at times toy with the idea of what a Valtimaki/Heikkala/Hongisto relay with myself in 2005 form might be able to run. 3:05? Who knows. Either way, there's at least two Finnish athletics fans on here, good enough :D
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:00 am

Only 9 men got the qualification standard of 76.00 in men's javelin. We still have a decent top end, but the depth's not there. Everyone in the Berlin mix got it with at most 2 throws.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:35 am

Sub-3:40 1500m (PB, and a real rarity in today's Finland) for Keskisalo in his final pre-Berlin race. He's heading back to St. Moritz for a couple weeks now...
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:49 am

Tommi Evilä 8.19, big SB - perhaps I wrote him off too early, though with the current global level of long jumping it should take much more to medal at Berlin.

560 PB for Eemeli Salomäki should secure him our one spot in the pole vault.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:39 am

Javelin final today. Results were good considering the conditions (rain, slippery mondo). Pitkämäki called it quits after 2 rounds to avoid risking injury. The rest of them went at it in spite of the conditions for all six rounds like madmen, or Finnish males, which is pretty much the same. Wirkkala looks like a Berlin medalist right now with all throws at 83+. Ruuskanen was also more solid than ever and surely deserves the fourth Berlin spot. Järvenpää had an impressive foul in the ~85 range but was shaky apart from that and nearly missed the last three rounds. Looks like we're sending four serious medal candidates to Berlin and leaving a 85.70 guy home! :)

1 5 Teemu Wirkkala 85,84 84,34 84,95 X 84,71 83,96 85,84
2 4 Antti Ruuskanen 84,64 81,77 84,64 81,45 82,12 81,17 83,55
3 2 Tero Pitkämäki 84,28 84,28 83,41 - - - -
4 6 Ari Mannio 81,54 X 81,54 X X X X
5 7 Jarkko Koski-Vähälä 80,22 75,92 74,67 80,22 77,59 74,94 73,95
6 3 Esko Mikkola 79,90 - X 79,90 76,49 X X
7 10 Lassi Etelätalo 78,27 70,74 73,28 78,27 73,68 X X
8 1 Tero Järvenpää 78,26 77,35 X X 78,26 77,25 X
9 21 Viljo Toivanen 77,00 66,19 75,31 77,00
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:57 am

Final Berlin team selected (SBs included):

Men -
400mH: Jussi Heikkilä

Hasn't been as strong as last year, and was selected on the strength of a '08 B standard. Advancing from the heats would be a very pleasant surprise.

3000mSC: Jukka Keskisalo

In the form of his life, should make it to the final at least. Could do anything, even win, if the pace is slow enough. A fast final of 8:05 or lower would probably kill his chances though.

High jump: Oskari Frösén

Starting to grow old and hasn't been very consistent this year. Only has a tiny chance of even making the final.

Pole vault: Eemeli Salomäki

Not yet ready to make a big international impact, but he's still young and improving and this will be a valuable experience. Making the final isn't impossible but probably requires a PB in the qualification.

Long jump: Tommi Evilä

After a by his standards mediocre season he finally looked good at the NCs. Even so, I'd be happy with just a spot in the final. Any chance of replicating his medal from '05 hinges on others not performing as well as expected.

Discus: Frantz Kruger

Has been battling huge technical problems the whole year, and didn't even win the national ch'ship, so a top 12 spot would be great.

Hammer: Olli-Pekka Karjalainen

After a reportedly good training winter I expected much more of him this year, but nevertheless he's probably the wild card of our team. With the global level of hammer throwing as weak as it has this year been, if he peaks as neatly as the last three years a medal wouldn't be shocking. Mind you, his going out in the qualification wouldn't be shocking either, since he's never really been a morning session man.

Hammer: David Söderberg

Much less is expected of him. That could be a good thing, since he can only really exceed the expectations. An SB will be required for a spot in the final.

Javelin: Tero Pitkämäki

Defending champ. Has shown good and solid form this year and has many excellent memories of Berlin, including a 2009 Golden League victory. The title defense isn't impossible but appears unlikely.

Javelin: Tero Järvenpää

Something of a question mark, with very few competitions this year after injuries and illnesses. Personally, I'm afraid he could go out in the qualification, since last year's stability isn't there. But if he nails things right anything could happen.

Javelin: Teemu Wirkkala

The upcoming in-form guy, looked super-solid at NCs. With two consecutive comps at 85 plus he seems to have quickly risen to the status of a medal favorite.
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Javelin: Antti Ruuskanen

First big meet after two consecutive years as the first man out, it remains to be seen how well he can adjust to the World Champs atmosphere. If that just turns out to give him extra energy even gold isn't out of the question.

50km walk: Jarkko Kinnunen

His current form is hard to assess, something which due to the low competing rate applies to almost any walker. A top ten finish is hoped for but probably depends on what others do.

Women -
3000mSC: Sandra Eriksson

Only narrowly got the B standard, she's certainly expected to go out in the heats. Her best years are hopefully still to come.

High jump: Hanna Grobler

A return to form after years of injury woes. A spot in the finals is the aim but will require a near-SB performance at least.

Pole vault: Minna Nikkanen

Has broken the national record many times this year but looked very vulnerable today. Not expected to make the final.

Pole vault: Vanessa Vandy

Exactly the same applies, except that she's only broken the NR once this year.

Hammer: Merja Korpela

She looked very good early this year - if she can recapture that form, making the cut isn't out of the question. More probably not.

Javelin: Mikaela Ingberg

An excellent major meet competitor, this quality will have to be shown again for her to make the final. She's very much at the edge - making the final would be a pleasant surprise, not making it a clear disappointment.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:29 am

A couple injury notes.

Vandy's knee is a problem, explaining why she had one of her worst meets this year. She might miss Berlin.

More notably, Pitkämäki didn't skip those four throws entirely voluntarily but to avoid turning a minor injury into a major injury. He apparently hurt his leg a bit in the second throw. As things look now, this appears minor enough to be entirely healed by Berlin. But his coach admitted to being worried.

By the way, Thorkildsen 88.55 at Norwegian NCs...
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Postby mojo » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:40 pm

Do you know what Heli Raatanen is up to these days?

Long story but she came and trained in my city (we got an email from her out of the blue in 2001) . I arranged everything for her. Unfortunately she reinjured her elbow while here and had to fly back to Finland for surgery. We lost track of her after that.

I know she was coaching-is she still doing that?
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Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:08 pm

mojo wrote:Do you know what Heli Rantanen is up to these days?
She's quit sports in all forms other than simply following and works in the marketing department of some random firm, I think.
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Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:06 am

LopenUupunut wrote:Pitkämäki didn't skip those four throws entirely voluntarily but to avoid turning a minor injury into a major injury. He apparently hurt his leg a bit in the second throw. As things look now, this appears minor enough to be entirely healed by Berlin. But his coach admitted to being worried.
Reportedly this has healed faster than expected and Pitkämäki should be pretty much 100% at WC :)
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Re: Finnish news

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri May 28, 2010 12:10 pm

Mannio and Wirkkala opened their seasons in Dessau today, with 82.00 and 80.01 respectively (Vasilevskis 2nd with 81.20). Pitkämäki will open in Florø tomorrow (against Thorkildsen, Makarov and a couple of our younger guys). Ruuskanen will open in Oslo Diamond League...
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Re: Finnish news

Postby nbonaddio » Fri May 28, 2010 1:03 pm

How about Valimaki, Heikkala, Hongisto..? Any promising sprinters coming up?
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Re: Finnish news

Postby LopenUupunut » Sat May 29, 2010 12:38 am

We have one promising sprinter in both boys and girls (Jani Koskela, 17, 48.93 and Ella Räsänen, 16, 53.94). That's pretty much all as far as the hope department is concerned. The Finnish outdoor season hasn't really started yet, so there's not much to report on anybody.
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Re: Finnish news

Postby LopenUupunut » Sat May 29, 2010 9:53 am

Results from Florø (that's in Norway, but any mJT comp qualifies as Finnish news):

1. Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 90.37 WL
2. Tero Pitkämäki FIN 84.34
3. Mikko Kankaanpää FIN 83.33 PB
4. Sergey Makarov RUS 81.15 SB

"Nice tailwind" apparently.
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Re: Finnish news

Postby nbonaddio » Sat May 29, 2010 10:00 am

LopenUupunut wrote:We have one promising sprinter in both boys and girls (Jani Koskela, 17, 48.93 and Ella Räsänen, 16, 53.94). That's pretty much all as far as the hope department is concerned. The Finnish outdoor season hasn't really started yet, so there's not much to report on anybody.


Pull some strings and have the young sprinters enroll at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, it's my plan to create a Finnish 400m pipeline..

But the time being, I suppose we'll just have to be content with the Javelin until Evila and Heikkala open.
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Re: Finnish news

Postby Half Miler » Sat May 29, 2010 11:24 am

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Re: Finnish news

Postby Per Andersen » Sat May 29, 2010 3:50 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:Results from Florø (that's in Norway, but any mJT comp qualifies as Finnish news):

1. Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 90.37 WL
2. Tero Pitkämäki FIN 84.34
3. Mikko Kankaanpää FIN 83.33 PB
4. Sergey Makarov RUS 81.15 SB

"Nice tailwind" apparently.

Yes, nice, steady tailwind and sunshine. Perfect conditions.
Thorkildsen had this series, 87.20, 90.37, 86.25,f, 84.03,85.94.

He felt much better than in Shanghai. Still has some small technical details to work on.
However, nothing much worked for Pitkamaki. Problems with his run-up + could not find the right rhyhm. But over 84m in his first meet of the season.
Should be excellent on Bislett on Friday, with the Czechs against Thorkildsen and Pitkamaki!
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Re: Finnish news (Thorkildsen 90.37 WL)

Postby LopenUupunut » Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:34 am

Tommi Evilä jumped 822 (+2.0) at Bad Langensalza today to place 2nd behind Saladino (830/+0.9) and ahead of Reif (821/+0.2). That does equal his own NR, but it's also a +2.0 at Bad Langensalza, so it remains to be seen if it actually means anything.
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